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Teaching Hospital Kandy is the second largest hospital in Sri Lanka. The bed strength of the hospital was 2291, as of 2011.[2]

Teaching Hospital, Kandy
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LocationKandy, Central Province, Sri Lanka
Coordinates7°17′10.5″N 80°37′53.7″E / 7.286250°N 80.631583°E / 7.286250; 80.631583Coordinates: 7°17′10.5″N 80°37′53.7″E / 7.286250°N 80.631583°E / 7.286250; 80.631583
Hospital typeTeaching
NetworkDepartment of Health Services, Ministry of Health
Emergency departmentYes



The fall of the Kandyan Kingdom in 1815 led to the establishment of Western (English) rule. Dr. John Davy was an army surgeon and physician to Governor Robert Brownrigg from 1817 to 1819. Davy came to Kandy with the British Troops and lived next to Diyawadana Nilame’s resident in Malabar Street.

A Military Hospital was built in a renovated existing building and was located at the site of the present “Kandyan Art Association”. Later it served both military and civilians especially for Cholera and Small pox.

After 1821, Indian labourers came to Sri Lanka for coffee and later tea enterprises. Civil hospitals were needed due to poor nutrition, Cholera and Malaria.

Once the civil medical department was separated from the military service, Colonial Surgeons were appointed to Central Province. This medical Board appointed vaccination officers who were responsible for vaccinating the public against small pox.

In around 1861, an infectious disease hospital was established in Deyyannewela (the small pox hospital). This pauper hospital was later expanded to become the General Hospital Kandy. One of the very first buildings of the Kandy Hospital was the Cholera ward, opened in 1866. It was located at the site of the current laundry in between the kitchen and the old KSM building.[3]

Academic FacilitiesEdit

Teaching Hospital Kandy has strong links to the University of Peradeniya,[4] conducts undergraduate training programmes for the university students studying at the Medicine and Postgraduate Institute of Medicine(PGIM) which is a national institute attached to the University of Colombo. PGIM appoints post-graduate trainees, registrars and senior registrars to this hospital on a regular basis, and is one of the oldest Hospitals which provides the entire range of medical and surgical specialties under the administration of a single institution. Teaching Hospital Kandy is a training centre for the student Nurses from the Nurses Training School in the Hospital. It also provides teaching facilities for foreign Students who seek exposure on Tropical Diseases.


Kandy Hospital is the second largest medical institution in the Island established and administered under the purview of the Ministry of Health Care and Nutrition, Sri Lanka, and is a tertiary care institution maintained by the Sri Lankan Government.

Teaching Hospital Kandy provides specialized health care services in 37 areas to the Central Province and to all other provinces except Western and Southern. People come from all other 7 provinces to seek expert care from Teaching Hospital Kandy.

Other ServicesEdit

The hospital has 78 Wards and 13 Special Units for inpatient services. It also has 10 Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and 24 Operating Theatres. Out-Patient Service, Specialized Clinic Service and an Emergency Treatment Units are also within the Hospital. In addition Chemical, Microbiological, Histological and Pathological Investigations, X Rays, USS, CT, MRI, Exercise ECG, Physiotherapy and Pharmacies services are available.


Kandy hospital is situated close to Kandy railway Station along the William Gopallawa Mawatha from one side and along the Hanthana Road (Hospital Road) from the other side. This is one of the largest building complexes in Kandy.

Professional AssociationsEdit

Office facilities for the Kandy Society of Medicine which conducts many academic and research activities is also situated within the Hospital complex.


  1. ^ "Teaching Hospital Kandy Current Status". Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Annual Health Bulletin 2011". Teaching Hospital Kandy. 2011. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
  3. ^ "History". Teaching Hospital Kandy. 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-04.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "The Faculty & Affiliated Hospitals". Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya. 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-07-26. Retrieved 2011-01-17.

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